Vita

Vita

[vahy-tuh, vee-; Lat. wee-tah]
Sackville-West, Vita (Victoria Mary Sackville-West), 1892-1962, English writer; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson and granddaughter of the 2d Baron Sackville. Both she and Nicolson were members of the Bloomsbury group. Her poems in The Land (1926), Selected Poems (1941), and The Garden (1946) won praise, but she is better known for her novels, The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). Among her other works are Knole and the Sackvilles (1922), about her family's past, and her charming fictional portrait of her grandmother, Pepita (1937). All Sackville-West's books reveal her wit, her vocation as a poet, and her aristocratic heritage.

See Portrait of a Marriage (1973) by her son Nigel Nicolson; studies by S. R. Watson (1972) and M. Stevens (1974).

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